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Ruth G. Body, 83, of Mt. Vernon, died at 8:59 p.m. 
Nov. 25, 2004, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was born March 15, 1921, in Clinton County to 
Elmer G. and Grace (Quick) Johnson. She married 
Clarence W. Body on Aug. 18, 1951 in Centralia. 
He died Nov. 11, 1973.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First 
United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in 
Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia. 
The Rev. David Eadie and the Rev. Billy Hahs will officiate.

Visitation will be between 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at 
First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in 
Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia.

Mrs. Body earned undergraduate and graduate degrees 
from the University of Illinois. She retired as a school
teacher after working as a home economics instructor for 
38 years at Webber High School in Bluford, Olney High School 
and Mt. Vernon Township High School.

She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Strothman and 
husband Kurt of Mt. Vernon, Becky Deaton and husband Bill 
of Mt. Vernon, Cindy Vincent of Woodlawn and Holly Hunt and 
husband Bernie of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Heather Taylor 
and husband Jeff of Lexington, Ky., Rob Strothman and wife 
Jessica of Mt. Vernon, Pat Strothman of Mt. Vernon, J. Paul 
Deaton of Mt. Vernon, Mark Deaton of Mt. Vernon, Scott Deaton 
of Mt. Vernon, Christy Cerminn and husband Matt of Columbia, Ill., 
Courtney Vincent of Woodlawn, Oliver and Molly Hunt of Austin, 
Texas; and great grandchildren, Callie and Karsten Taylor, of 
Lexington, Ky., and Preston Strothman of Murray, Ky.

Her parents, husband and two brothers preceded her in death.

Mrs. Body was a member of First United Methodist Church, 
Jefferson County Home Extension, Marth Circle at 
First United Methodist Church and the Jefferson County 
Retired Teachers Association.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 
the United Way or the Jefferson County Retired Teachers 
Scholarship Fund and will be accepted at the funeral 
home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, 
P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

For more obituary information, call Hughey Funeral 
Home at 242-3348 at any time.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

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